Like human health, animal health can be threatened by various pathogens (bacteria, viruses, parasites), some of which can also affect human health (zoonoses). ANSES contributes to the prevention and control of the major and emerging animal diseases affecting both farm animals and wildlife, and in doing so participates in the protection of public health. See our articles on certain animal diseases.
Trichinella spp. is a microscopic parasite of certain monogastric mammals. It lives in the striated skeletal muscle cells of its host animal, causing trichinellosis, an animal disease which can be transmitted to humans. The disease contaminates humans through the consumption of raw or undercooked meat from contaminated animals. ANSES’s Maisons-Alfort Laboratory for Animal Health is the National Reference Laboratory for trichinellosis (NRL for foodborne parasites). As such, it coordinates the network of laboratories in charge of surveillance, develops detection methods and directs research on Trichinella spp. and trichinellosis. ANSES has published a series of opinions and expert assessment documents in order to evaluate the risk associated with Trichinella spp.
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